Complete Streets Planning and Design

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This course grants 1.6 CEUs and 16 AICP CM credits. (AICP credits pending approval)


Complete Streets are planned, designed, operated, and maintained to provide safe and comfortable travel for all users of all ages. Complete Streets provide for all modes of transportation, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit vehicles, and motorists, as well as allow for emergency response, road maintenance, and goods movement. This course covers the planning and design of Complete Streets, including the history of Complete Streets; the policy environment for Complete Streets, particularly in the California legislative environment; how to integrate Complete Streets with the urban planning process; and how to design streets, intersections, crossings, and interchanges consistent with the Complete Streets approach.

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Topics Include

  • the history of Complete Streets
  • the policy environment for Complete Streets
  • new planning trends affecting decisions regarding transportation
  • integrating Complete Streets with general plans, specific plans, RTPs, TIPs, and the entitlement process
  • layered networks
  • design manuals and guidelines relevant to Complete Streets
  • cross-section element design: travel lanes, parking, shoulders, pedestrian facilities, bicycle facilities
  • experimental and innovative bikeway design
  • signalized intersection and uncontrolled crossing design

What You Will Learn

Students will gain an understanding of the Complete Streets approach and its application to planning and design. Students will learn how to plan for future Complete Streets as well as how to retrofit existing streets to provide for all modes of transportation. Additionally, students will learn how to evaluate complicated trade-offs between modes of transportation.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for urban planners and transportation engineers at local, regional, and state agencies as well as consultants. Both new and experienced planners and engineers will benefit. The course is primarily appropriate for urban perspectives; however, it will address Complete Streets in rural environments as well.


Matthew Ridgway

AICP, Principal, Fehr & Peers Transportation Consultants

Mr. Matthew Ridgway has been involved in many of Fehr & Peers' highest visibility and most complex multi-modal projects. He is the leader of the firm's pedestrian and bicycle practice, serves as part of the team developing/maintaining the FHWA Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, is a member of the Transportation Research Board Bicycle Transportation Committee, and is past Chair of the Institute of Transportation Engineers' (ITE) Pedestrian and Bicycle Council. He has developed hundreds of multi-modal plans and designs. He has also contributed to a variety of publications, including ITE Planning Urban Roadway Systems (2012); UC Berkeley Technology Transfer, Guide for Conducting Pedestrian Safety Assessments in California (2008); AASHTO Guide to the Development of Bikeways (2012); UC Fundamentals of Traffic Engineering (16th Edition in2007); and ITE Informational Report on Bicycle Innovations (2002).

Charles Alexander

P.E., Associate and Bicycle/Pedestrian Design Specialist, Fehr & Peers Transportation Consultants

Mr. Alexander is one of Fehr & Peers' foremost bicycle and pedestrian planning, engineering, and safety experts and is a registered civil engineer in California and Washington. He is the deputy leader of Fehr & Peers' pedestrian and bicycle practice. Charlie's project experience includes serving as the project manager or staff lead for over 50 bicycle- and pedestrian-related projects in the past four years and covers a breadth of subjects from long-range planning to innovative bikeway designs. He is an elite-amateur cyclist and has a lifetime of experience bicycling for recreational and utilitarian purposes.

Jeremy Klop

AICP, Principal, Fehr & Peers Transportation Consultants

Mr. Klop brings an effective blend of experience in multimodal transportation planning, modeling, and operations analysis. With this integrated understanding of both the multimodal planning and operation implications, he provides a wide range of services including complete streets policy and design, multimodal transportation planning in campus, medical, and downtown settings, transit operations and signal priority, corridor studies and livable street design, and smart growth modeling and forecasting. In addition to project experience, he publishes and presents on the relationship between urban form and trip generation, complete streets, and bicycle and pedestrian facility planning, including a co-author role for the Bicycle and Pedestrian chapter in the ITE Transportation Planning Handbook (2009). He is a member of the American Planning Association (APA) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).

Jason Pack

P.E., Principal, Fehr & Peers Transportation Consultants

Mr. Jason Pack began working for Fehr & Peers after receiving his degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Davis in 1999. He has worked on a wide variety of transportation projects, from general plans and specific plans to detailed corridor, interchange, and signal coordination studies. Most of his projects feature a complete streets element and many involve Caltrans. Additionally, he has applied or developed travel demand forecast models on over 50 projects in the State of California. Jason has had papers/presentations accepted to the TRB National Roundabout Conference, the ITE National Conference, and the California APA Conferences. Jason has worked on a variety of complete/livable street projects, including the San Marcos General Plan Mobility Element, Holt Boulevard Corridor Plan, Carlsbad General Plan Mobility Element, and the award winning Carlsbad Livable Streets Assessment.

Ryan McClain

P.E., Associate, Fehr & Peers Transportation Consultants

Ryan McClain has worked in the transportation engineering field for over ten years, with extensive experience in transportation design and traffic operations analysis, working on projects ranging in size from single intersections to complex, multi-highway interchanges. He provides multimodal conceptual design, operations analysis and alternative evaluation. Leveraging his background in detailed design, Ryan works with public agencies to provide feasible solutions to transportation issues that work from an operations and design perspective and meet the needs of the community. Recent complete streets projects that Ryan has been involved with include Telegraph Avenue and 20th Street in Oakland, Hearst Avenue and Bancroft Way in Berkeley, and Citrus Fair Drive/US 101 Interchange in Cloverdale. Ryan is also currently overseeing Active Transportation Plan implementation projects in Albany and Palo Alto.

Matt Haynes

P.E., AICP, Senior Associate, Fehr & Peers Transportation Consultants

Matt Haynes has over ten years' experience and is a Senior Associate managing Fehr & Peers' San José office. As a member of Fehr & Peers' Smart Growth Discipline Group and CoolConnections initiative team, he is an expert in sustainable transportation and mobility strategies. He has an extensive background in integrated transportation and land use studies, bicycle and pedestrian planning, multimodal corridor studies, and in non-motorized travel demand forecasting. Matt has served as project manager on numerous multimodal transportation studies and station area plans, including the Diridon Station Area Plan, Warm Springs / South Fremont BART Station Area study and the transportation element of the San Jose Envision 2040 General Plan. Recent experience includes leading a multidisciplinary team of planners, urban designers, and engineers as part of the Ventura Citywide Mobility Plan and managing the US-101 Greenbrae Multimodal Corridor study in Marin County.

Kristin Calia

P.E., TE, Senior Associate, Fehr & Peers Transportation Consultants

Kristin Calia is a Senior Associate in Fehr & Peers' Roseville office. Ms. Calia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is a Registered Civil Engineer and Traffic Engineer in the State of California and a Registered Civil Engineer in the States of Washington and Nevada. She has over 18 years of traffic engineering experience and has been working for Fehr & Peers for 15 years. Ms. Calia provides effective and innovative solutions to projects from the planning stage through construction. She directed the development of the Fehr & Peers "Quality Assurance Plan for Design Activities" and has been responsible for projects from conceptual engineering through the development of plans, specifications and estimates and into construction. She manages the traffic engineering design for streetscape projects that focus on improving corridors for different modes of travel. Examples include the Mariposa Avenue Safe Routes to School Project, Auburn Boulevard Improvement Project, Del Paso Boulevard Streetscape Project, and Roseville Town Square and Downtown Infrastructure/Streetscape Improvements. She recently completed the Colorado Esplanade Project in Santa Monica which included the design of a two-way cycle-track and improved pedestrian and bicycle connections near the Santa Monica Pier. Ms. Calia's professional experience also includes traffic operations analyses, traffic impact studies, safety studies, and access and circulation studies.

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